Overlooking Banff, Sulphur Mountain, was very popular for its sulphur springs. We took a gondola ride up to the top of the mountain. There we found the usual coffee and souvenir shops, but also a boardwalk to the top of the mountain, where the Cosmic Ray Station had been re-created.
The Cosmic Ray Station was established in 1956 by the National Research Station, Sulphur Mountain was chosen for the site because of its high elevation and was the most important station in Canada during the International Geophysical Year 1957-1958.
In 1903 Norman Sanson, established a weather observatory. Ottawa sent him enough weather recording blanks to last him 33 years. However, not only did he use them up, he continued to climb the mountain for another ten years to record his observations.
Taking a gondola ride to the top of the mountain, the view was spectacular and being above the tree-line, its was rugged and barren, but that didn’t stop the Golden Squirrels from being inquisitive and letting us all get some great photos. Including a squirrel who perched himself on a rock above the pavement and kept guard over who was entering his territory.